Blaine man arrested in drug ring
By Tara Nelson
A Blaine man was one of 38 individuals arrested in connection with a Canadian drug smuggling ring with ties to the Hell’s Angels Outlaw Motorcycle gang.
Jesse Holmes, 64, of Blaine, is alleged to have provided a Bellingham warehouse where the organization stored loads of cocaine and B.C. Bud marijuana following a lengthy investigation by law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border.
The arrests come after a three-year investigation that involved undercover officers and resulted in the seizure of more than 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 7,000 pounds of B.C. Bud and about $3.5 million in cash.
Law enforcement officials say drugs were transported by foot across the international border, inside hollowed out logs on trucks, within the false walls of cargo containers and vehicles, within loads of commercial lumber and beauty bark, inside large PVC pipes, and within a propane tanker.
Emily Langlie, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle said the conspiracy to distribute charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in prison.
Holmes’ jury trial is scheduled for August 11 at U.S. District Court in Seattle.